First of all, in the UK they use only UHF channels, while in Holland both UHF and VHF, thus you can't tune in into some of the channels.
If you take the set to the nearest TV repair shop, they will fit a new UHF+VHF tuner and convert the sound at the same time. Don't know what the prices are like down there, but I would guess a new tuner plus labour should be between 150-200 Euro.
Some very naughty people take advantage of this difference. If you buy a Euro spec TV and then use it in the UK you can tune into VHF signals...why would you want to do this I hear you all ask? Well, some cable companies use VHF to transmit the supposed "encrypted" channels, iun actual fact the cable box just have a UHF/VHF tuner. You can then tune in without paying. I don't know if this is still possible...
This post is for information only, it could just be an urban Myth, either way, don't try it as it could damage your eyes with all those late night 'free' channels.
Yes, Sony produce several different versions of the same model for UK, West Europe, East Europe etc.
In UK models, they use simplified version of the tuner were only UHF band is present. This version of the tuner maybe just a few pounds cheaper than full UHF+VHF version, but when you take into account the number of sets sold in the UK it can save them millions of pounds.
I am sorry I can't help you, but I have a similar eqnuiry.
Would anyone know if the Sony Trinitron KV-29X5U TV will operate normally in Australia without modificaion?
Taking an English TV to Australia is v.risky, if not only for the possible damage caused in transport but also the magnetic changes in the enviroment, it would cause a serious manipulation on the screen which an engineer may not be able to remedy.
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